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Exclusive: Former Motorola Exec Christy Wyatt to Head Good Technology

ChristyWyatt-380x266Enterprise mobility company Good Technology plans to announce later Monday that it has hired Christy Wyatt as its next chief executive. Wyatt, a former Motorola and Apple executive, had most recently served a short stint as head of mobile efforts for banking giant Citi. She left Motorola at the time the Google acquisition closed.

Current Good CEO King Lee will remain on the company’s board and serve as executive chairman.

The mobile position at Citi, meanwhile, has seen considerable turnover. Before Wyatt, Citi hired former Samsung executive Omar Khan, who left after about a year to become CEO of security firm NQ Mobile.

Update, 2:30 pm: In an interview, Wyatt said it was hard to leave after just six months in what she said was a very fun job at Citi.

“The timing is not great, but the opportunity is just not one you could say no to,” Wyatt said.

There are a lot of interesting parallels between Wyatt’s past gigs and her new one. At Motorola, Wyatt headed the company’s enterprise unit. Motorola also owned Good Technology for a time, though Wyatt never had oversight of it.

Good Technology has been in the mobile space since the early days of the BlackBerry. Its first server software worked on RIM’s devices and also with a handheld made by Good itself, though it quickly exited the hardware business.

Over the years, Good has built up technology for managing devices, offering secure corporate intranet access and browsing as well as handling e-mail and calendar.

“They have been planting seeds for a long time,” Wyatt said. And now, Wyatt said, the company is poised for big growth as nearly every major company is bringing in iPads and looking for ways to support a range of iOS, Android and other mobile devices.

Citi, meanwhile, is among the many large banks that use Good’s services to manage their mobile devices. Wyatt officially starts in her new role on Monday–though she also has some projects to finish up for Citi.

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